In order to be more ecological, as we read in Engadget, Google Maps will be based on factors such as fuel consumption, traffic or even the inclination of the road: all in order to search the route that least pollutes. These routes are already available in the United States and will arrive in Europe from 2022.
A greener Maps
Google wants to reduce the pollution and consumption of the vehicles that circulate using its application. To do this, from 2022 will show the least polluting route by default and ecological. This route will be based on different factors that affect the vehicle’s fuel consumption and gas emissions, based on different parameters such as traffic, road incline and more.
The good news for the most hasty drivers is that we can continue choosing the fastest route. In fact, we can readjust this parameter and configure the default route to be the fastest again, something that we will have to do once the application is updated, which will show the greenest route unless we reverse the change.
In these new routes, Google Maps will show us how much fuel we can save by going the greenest route. For example, it will show us notices that may indicate that, even if it takes a couple more minutes to reach the destination, we can save a certain amount of fuel.
According to Google, with this new measure more than a million tons of carbon emissions can be avoided, equivalent to removing 200,000 cars from circulation. We therefore have to wait for this update to finish arriving sometime next year, since there is still no specific date.